Welcome to St Germans Group Parish

Your Kingdom come.....Your will be done.

WE EXTEND A SPECIAL WELCOME to those who are single, married, divorced, widowed, gay, confused, filthy rich, comfortable or dirt poor.

We extend a special welcome to wailing babies and excited toddlers.

We welcome you whether you can sing like Pavarotti or just growl quietly to yourself. You’re welcome here if you’re just browsing, just woken up or just got out of prison. We don’t care if you are more Christian than the Archbishop of Canterbury, or haven’t been to church since Christmas ten years ago.

We extend a special welcome to those who are over 60 but not grown up yet, and to teenagers who are growing up too fast. We welcome keep-fit mums, football dads, starving artists, tree-huggers, latte-sippers, vegetarians, junk-food eaters. We welcome those in recovery or still addicted. We welcome you if you are having problems, are down in the dumps or don’t like ‘organised religion’. (We’re not too keen on it either!)

We offer a welcome to those who think that the earth is flat, work too hard, don’t work, can’t spell, or are here because granny is visiting and wanted to come to church.

We welcome those who are inked, pierced, both or neither. We offer a special welcome to those who could use a prayer right now, had religion shoved down their throats as kids or got lost on the coastal path and wound up here by mistake. We welcome pilgrims, tourists, seekers, doubters ….. and you!

Parish in Transition

In the absence of a parish priest, please contact:

For weddings, baptisms, funerals and church services:  David Watters and Margaret Sylvester-Thorne

Children’s work: David Watters and Margaret Sylvester-Thorne

Messy Church: Evelyn Reed

For buildings and general parish enquiries: the Parish Wardens:  Matt Frost and Paul Gribble

For Safeguarding and Pastoral Visitors Team:  Margaret Sylvester-Thorne

Parish Giving Scheme and Finances: the Treasurer, Fiona Liddicoat

Electoral Roll: Brenda Daw

Enquiries about individual churches:

Downderry:  Steve Liddicoat

Hessenford: Fiona Bristow

St Germans: Richard Laugharne

Tideford: Matt Frost

Hire and other info on St Germans Priory Church for events:

The St Germans Priory Trust:   www.stgermanspriory.info

Hire of the Church Hall in Hessenford:   http://www.4clubs.biz/timeslot/hessenford2/


The parish email address for all emails is:


They will be forwarded to the appropriate person.

Parish Phone 07557 302 255

Latest News

THE FOOD BANK – no change to the message – our help is needed

There are collecting boxes in all our four churches – please keep the contributions coming in………..

You will have read in the press that the need is greater than ever – so please keep the contributions coming in.

How can you help the Foodbank?   As usual there always some shortages, currently: Fruit Juice (long life), UHT or Dried Milk, toilet rolls and toiletries, dried potato (Smash), Instant Coffee, tinned fruit and veg and jams

However, money is becoming a continuing issue, and it is becoming a common problem throughout all of Cornwall’s Foodbanks.   All are having to react to an increase in demand; and although food is being donated in increasing volumes covering the demand, the costs related to sustaining larger Foodbanks is becoming a challenge. So, the real requirement now is cash.

If you could help through regular donations we would be extremely grateful. Setting up a Standing Order is ideal, but any donation would be wonderful. We can also take donations CAF and Stewardship schemes.

If you can help please contact the Liskeard & Looe Foodbank.

Tel: 07512 011452. email: liskeard.foodbank@gmail.com

Thank you for your support.

Last year (2016) St Germans Group donated 495.7kg. This is more than twice what was donated in 2015. The Foodbank thanks all living in the parish who have donated so generously – and are continuing to do so………..

October Newsletter and Events

Read here the October 2017 Newsletter 


Harvest Festival Service

Sunday 29th October at 11am at St Annes Church, Hessenford,  followed by a Harvest Bring and Share lunch in the Church Hall, Hessenford.  Donations of food and other items for The Liskeard and Looe Foodbank will be collected at the service.


Wednesday Lunches

Weekly on Wednesdays at 12 noon at St Nicolas Church, Downderry.

All are welcome form anywhere in the parish to this community lunch.


Pub Theology

11th October the second Wednesday of the month 7.30-9-30pm at the Eliot Arms in St Germans

October’s Discussion topic – evil


Home Group Meetings

Weekly on Monday mornings at 10.30am studying the First Letter of Peter, in Hessenford.

Twice a month on the second and fourth Monday evenings 9th and 23rd October, at 7pm in St Germans

Please speak to Margaret for further information.


September Newsletter & Events

The September newsletter 9. September Newsletter


Wednesday Lunches

starting again weekly from Wednesday 6th September at 12 noon

at St Nicolas Church, Downderry

ALL WELCOME to enjoy a free community lunch……

any donations go to parish funds


Coffee Morning and Soup and Pud Lunch

– the only regular event to raise funds for our parish –

Saturday 9th September 2017

10.30am – 1.30pm at St Nicolas Church, Downderry

– please support the September event.

All offers of help and provisions to Margaret and David

We serve coffee and drinks from 10.30 with cakes and shortbread, and from noon a selection of breads, soups and puds. We welcome contributions of all these foods ………. And we welcome help to run the tables – i.e. we need YOU even for a couple of hours……..


Concert at St Germans Priory Church

23rd September at 7.30pm the Mevagissey Male Choir will be giving a concert

tickets £6.00 each.

Proceeds after expenses to go to the PCC, the Priory Trust and the Bell Ringers.


Pub Theology

Second Wednesday of the month at the Eliot Arms 7.30pm-9pm

All welcome to the discussion

September 13th – work : October 11th – evil : November 8th – politics


Home Group Meetings in September

Monday mornings at 10.30am studying the Letters of Peter

at Margaret’s home in Hessenford


on alternate Monday evenings 11th and 25th Sept at 7pm

at Bill’s home in St Germans, studying Not in God’s Name by Jonathan Sacks


Michael’s last service

Sunday 24th September at 11am at St Germans Priory Church,

followed by a bring and share meal in Church.



News Archives

St Germans, Hessenford, Downderry & Tideford Parish services


26th October Prayer Thursday
9.30am Parish Prayers – St Annes Church, Hessenford

29th October Last Sunday after Trinity

11am Parish HARVEST FESTIVAL Eucharist – St Annes Church, Hessenford

Followed by a Harvest Bring and Share Lunch in the Church Hall, Hessenford

30th October Prayer Monday

6pm A Time for Prayer St Nicolas Church, Downderry



2nd November Prayer Thursday

9.30am Parish Prayers St Annes Church, Hessenford

5th November All Saints Day

11am Parish Morning Prayer St Nicolas Church, Downderry

5pm All Souls Service St Luke’s Church, Tideford

6th November Prayer Monday

6pm A Time for Prayer St Nicolas Church, Downderry

9th November Prayer Thursday
9.30am Parish Prayers – St Annes Church, Hessenford

11th November Remembrance Day

10.45am Service of Remembrance at the War Memorials of Downderry and Hessenford

12th November Remembrance Sunday

9.30am Morning Prayer – St Annes Church, Hessenford

10.45 Service of Remembrance at Tideford British Legion,

followed by service in St Luke’s Church, Tideford

13th November Prayer Monday

6pm A Time for Prayer St Nicolas Church, Downderry

16th November Prayer Thursday
9.30am Parish Prayers – St Annes Church, Hessenford

18th November Saturday

3pm Messy Church – St Germans Priory Church

19th November 2nd Sunday before Advent

9.30am Morning Prayer – St Nicolas Church, Downderry

11am Morning Prayer- St Germans Priory Church

20th November Prayer Monday

6pm A Time for Prayer St Nicolas Church, Downderry

23rd November Prayer Thursday
9.30am Parish Prayers – St Annes Church, Hessenford

26th November Christ the King

9.30am Morning Prayer – St Nicolas Church, Downderry

11am Morning Prayer – St Germans Priory Church

27th November Prayer Monday

6pm A Time for Prayer St Nicolas Church, Downderry

30th November Prayer Thursday
9.30am Parish Prayers – St Annes Church, Hessenford

East Wivelshire

The area of the Diocese of Truro area is that of the county of Cornwall including the Isles of Scilly. It was formed on 15 December 1876 from the Archdeaconry of Cornwall in the Diocese of Exeter. It is therefore one of the younger dioceses.

The diocese is divided into two archdeaconries:

Rural deaneries

The names of the older deaneries (before 1875) are based on those of the ancient hundreds though the boundaries do not always correspond. The deaneries created in 1875 in the episcopate of Frederick Temple were Bodmin, Stratton, St Austell, and Carnmarth. These remained unchanged until Carnmarth was divided; later still in the 1980s some alterations of boundaries occurred. Chronological Sequence:

Estwevelsire, 1259; Estwyvelschyre, 1291; Estwevelschire, 1366; Easte, 1672; East, 1847, 1980; East Wivelshire, 1997, 2009.

St Germans Group Parish PCC as from 2nd April 2017

Permanent members of the PCC

The Vicar
Secretary – Margaret Sylvester-Thorne
Treasurer – Fiona Liddicoat

Parish Wardens:

Paul Gribble and Matt Frost

Church Stewards:

Downderry: Steve Liddicoat
Hessenford: Fiona Bristow
Tideford: Matt Frost
St Germans: Richard Laugharne

PCC members:

Downderry: Sue Booth; Andrew Pidgen, Jenny Daniels and Cashiers:Tim Pullin and Sue Pidgen
Hessenford: Yvonne Byles,  Fran Moore,
Cashier:  Fiona Bristow
St Germans: Chris Bowditch, June Greaves, Evelyn Reed
Cashier: Peter Daw
Tideford:  post vacant
Cashier: Ron Bradley

Deanery Synod Reps:

Rosemary Stevenson, Margaret Sylvester-Thorne, David Watters